Alabama sheriff: 14 dead in possible tornado

First Alert Weather Day issued for Sunday

The Lee County Sheriff says at least 14 people were killed and several people were seriously injured. "We're going to be here all night".

It's possible that we could have a few strong to severe storms today, but the greatest risk for severe weather is to our north and east.

Shortly afterward damage was reported to several structures near the city.

Lee County Coroner Bill Harris told Al.com on Sunday evening that two people are confirmed dead in Beauregard, Alabama, but he expects more bodies to be found.

The Weather Channel reported that almost 26,000 customers were without power in Georgia early Sunday evening; another 16,500 had no electricity in Alabama. On Facebook, the East Alabama Medical Center announced it had received "more than 40 patients as a result of the tornado this afternoon and expect more". He said the apparent twister traveled straight down a key local artery in Beauregard and that the path of damage and destruction appeared at least a half mile wide.

The National Weather Service office in Birmingham, Alabama, said it was sending three survey teams out on Monday to assess damage in Autauga, Macon, Lee and Barbour counties.




Video footage from the small community of Beauregard in Lee County showed homes reduced to piles of wreckage, felled trees, and debris from blasted buildings scattered across roads.

The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado by radar that toppled trees in Walton County, Florida, located in the Panhandle. And he says another radar-confirmed tornado was detected in Henry County, Alabama, moving into a neighboring county.

"There's a squall line moving through the area", Harrigan told AP. "It's a favorable environment for tornados".

After the 2011 outbreak, which spawned more than 60 tornadoes in Alabama and led to more than 230 fatalities in the state, some communities ordered upgrades to storm shelters, and residents became extraordinarily sensitive about even the threat of poor weather.

Tornado watches were in effect in parts of Alabama and in Georgia on Sunday evening. The tornado watch also covered a large area of SC, including the cities of Charleston and Columbia.

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